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Keynote Speakers

Pastor Tim Taylor was born and raised in New Jersey. As one of ten children, he was raised by a single mom who helped each of her children grow up with a sense of family and community.

Pastor Taylor attended Susquehanna University, an ELCA college in Selinsgrove, PA, where he received a BA in religion. Upon graduation, he became a foster care and adoption social worker for Lutheran Community Services in New York City. He also enlisted and served in the NJ Army National Guard, doing his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC.

During the summers while in college, Pastor Taylor worked at Beisler Camping and Retreat Center as a camp counselor and that is where he met his wife, Pastor Sharon Taylor. He received a M.Div. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).

Pastor Taylor has served Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Marlton, NJ; Living Word Lutheran Church in Roslyn, PA; Holy Trinity Lutheran in Union, NJ; Holy Cross Lutheran in North Philadelphia, PA; Upper Tinicum Lutheran in Upper Black Eddy, PA; as Assistant to the Bishop in the Southeast Pennsylvania Synod, and as the first African American Executive Director of an ELCA Outdoor Ministry (Beisler Camping and Retreat Center). Pastor Taylor currently serves as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC. Pastor Taylor has led many workshops and spoken on the topic of diversity in our society.

Pastor Sharon Taylor graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in sociology and social work. She has a M.Div. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).

Pastor Taylor has more than thirty years of experience in youth ministry, including working at Beisler Camping and Retreat Center where she met her husband Pastor Tim Taylor. Pastor Taylor has served at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Devon, PA; St. John Lutheran in Hatboro, PA; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Yardley, PA, and currently serves as Senior Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC. Pastor Taylor has led many workshops and spoken on the topic of diversity in our society. She and her husband led diversity training for the volunteers at this past summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.

Pastor Mandy France serves as a solo pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Bird Island, MN. She received her BS in Religious Studies from Liberty University and her M.Div. from Luther Seminary. She took several classes on interfaith relations during her studies at Luther and formed her pastoral internship project around Christian and Muslim dialogue. Her project, Love Thy Neighbor, gained national attention and was featured in the Washington Post and on Katie Couric’s series “America Inside Out.” She was one of the speakers at the ELCA’s 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Washington DC in 2017. She continues to lead and teach workshops on interfaith dialogue in rural America and travels frequently to share her story with others. She currently resides in Atwater, MN, with her husband, Pastor Kelly France, and their daughter Miriam. They are currently expecting their second child in August and will be adopting their child from India in the next few years.

 

 

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